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I grew up with Steven Seagal’s action movies and I even stayed with them as they got progressively worse, then moved into the hip hop/rapper community. I finally had to stop following the aging action star as he turned himself into a joke with his A&E reality series Steven Seagal: Lawman and of course his energy drink Lightning Bolt.  What had happened to the guy who kicked ass in Out for Justice, Above the Law, and Under Siege? It was great to see him return to being badass in Robert Rodriguez’s Machete, and now he might be heading in the right direction again. Lawman is thankfully over, and Seagal will be starring in a new TV series, True Justice, a crime drama.

Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that True Justice is going to be a good show or even watchable, but I think it is a step in the right direction for the former action box office draw. Let the man do what he does best, hunt down criminals and break their arms.  I hope that the series finds a network (hopefully on Cable) that allows it to be as brutal as Seagal’s earlier films Out for Justice and Above the Law. I want to hear the breaking of bones, see the blood flying and at least get one or two beheadings.

Now, what do we know about the show? True Justice will be a 13 episode series where Seagal portrays Elijah Kane, the leader of an undercover team of Seattle cops who target the worst criminals in the North West. The type of villains that normal cops can’t touch.  Kane has a mysterious past, but is a man of principle. His team unleases its own unique brand of brutal street justice.  The first pictures and a trailer True justice have been released over on Moviehole. Will you be following Seagal to television?

Posted on November 22nd, 2010 by ThePit | Comments Off on Steven Seagal Serves Some True Justice
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Well, here it is, the official trailer for DC Comics and the WB’s upcoming Green Lantern adaptation.  I actually haven’t watched it yet, I’m not sure if I’m waiting because how worried I am that it will suck or… no, that is exactly why I’m waiting. Anyhow, click here to give it a view.

Posted on November 18th, 2010 by ThePit | Leave a Comment (1)
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One of the hardest parts of working in a highly creative industry is keeping the creative juices flowing.  Even if you are doing something that you truly love doing, after working seven day weeks and eighteen hours a day, it feels like work. Exhausting… tiring… never ending… work.  So, how do you keep going when your butt is being kicked? You have to remember why you are there and even more importantly, you have to stay inspired. This goes for working on set, writing, editing, fundraising, and every other part of the “business”. If you don’t find your inspiration and love what you are doing regardless of how much work is involved, than you will likely not “survive” working in the industry. You can make more money in less hours elsewhere (and have an actual life).

But you know what is funny? Inspiration can truly come from anywhere. In your office you might have a special coffee mug, or a cool wall clock or poster. It can be as easy as popping a favorite movie into your DVD player while you are writing or listening to music as you edit video. For me personally, in my office is a framed Superman poster that I have had since I was little.  It isn’t a really special poster, just a painting of Superman in the middle of a volcano trying to hold back the lava flow. Just seeing it puts a smile on my face and takes me back. It inspires me to keep writing, even when I have no idea where I am going with a story.

Find what keeps you going, because when your career is making films, you’ll need it.

Posted on November 17th, 2010 by ThePit | Comments Off on Daily Filmmaking Tip: Find Your Inspiration
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June of next year, directors John Lasseter and Brad Lewis will be bringing Lightning McQueen back into theaters as he goes on a whirlwind adventure around the world with his best pal Mater. I loved the first Cars and I can’t wait to see what Pixar comes up with for the sequel. There have been rumors of spies and an international race, with mistaken identity mixed with a chase movie.  I’d pretty much be game for whatever they come up with. The only sad part is that Paul Newman will not be able to reprise his role as the voice of Doc Hudson, he will be missed. Check out the teaser poster and leave a comment with your thoughts!

Cars 2

You can check out a teaser trailer for the film here.

Posted on November 16th, 2010 by ThePit | Leave a Comment
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Another week and more entertainment news. Welcome to a new edition of The Pit. This week is going to be a little shorter than usual.

  • NBC is making Thursday funnier by adding an additional hour to their established comedy block. Their new lineup will be: (8) Community, (8:30) Perfect Couples, (9) The Office, (9:30) Parks and Recreation, (10) 30 Rock, and (10:30) Outsourced. As usual I’ll be Tivo-ing The Office, 30 Rock and Community and will not be tuning into the other shows.
  • Conan O’Brien’s new show continues to be funny. Are you watching it?
  • Comic Preview: X-Factor #211. This week Peter David has the X-Factor gang in a battle royal in the streets of Las Vegas as their plan to get the attention of a “death goddess” actually works and they must face off with her undead warriors to free one of her slaves. “What happens in Vegas stays- Ah, gets you killed?”
  • The spy action/comedy/drama Chuck is still easily my favorite show on television and should be yours! If you’ve missed a recent episode, head over here and give the show a chance! It really is a creative high for TV.
  • The Virtual Fall Movie season is in full swing over at Hollywood the Game with a new Batman movie coming out this Friday. Don’t have a clue what I’m talking about? Then check out the site!

Posted on November 16th, 2010 by ThePit | Comments Off on The Pit: NBC, Conan, Movie Trailers, & More!
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daily filmmaking tips

We talk about a lot of different (and at times unrelated) topics. From online advertising, to trailers, costuming, and different crew positions to general filmmaking and behind the scenes elements you wouldn’t think are that important. Today, I want you to think of your favorite movie studios and production companies. Think really hard. What do they all have in common? A really darn impressive logo and opening slug before all of their movies and television shows.

If you want to play with the big boys, then it is important to brand yourself and your company with a totally kick-ass and professional looking Business Logo Design. When people see that logo on movie posters, trailers, and finished movies/television shows, you want them to think of you. You want them to become familiar with your high quality brand. Which brings me to another point, be careful what you attach your company logo too. If something is very vulgar or racist, than that is how people will view your company and in turn you.  When you are ready to make your company known, make sure that you know what you want your company to be known for.

We have a few more Daily Filmmaking Tips coming up this week and we will be bouncing all over the world of filmmaking. Soon we are going to make an effort to talk with a few industry professionals and showcase different crew positions. Stay tuned!

Posted on November 16th, 2010 by ThePit | Leave a Comment
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Smallville, Lois and ClarkWe posted a preview of the all new episode earlier in the week, but I wanted to post a TV Tonight also to remind everyone that tonight Teri Hatcher makes an brief appearance on the final season of Smallville. The once Lois Lane will now be stepping into the role of Ella Lane, Lois’ mother who passed away many years ago from cancer, in a series of videos that Lois finds when she moves in with Clark.

In addition to Hatcher’s appearance, we have a lot of reasons to look forward to the new episode of Smallville; Jor-El and Lara (Julian Sands and Helen Slater) will be making appearances as will the Fortress (will we see the costume again?) along with  DC comics villains Granny Goodness and Harriet.  The show has gotten really good at expanding the DC Comics Universe and I can’t wait until they introduce Booster Gold and Blue Beetle later in the season (and of course the return of Aquaman next week).

What else is on tonight?

8PM

  • ABC: Supernanny (Reality)
  • CBS: Medium (Supernatural Drama)
  • SYFY: WWE Smackdown (Wrestling)

9PM

  • ABC: Primetime: What Would You Do? (News/Hidden Camera)
  • CBS: CSI: NY (Crime Drama)
  • CW: Supernatural (Supernatural Drama)
  • FOX: The Good Guys (Crime Drama)
  • NBC: Dateline NBC (News Showcase)

10PM

  • ABC: 20/20 (News Showcase)
  • CBS: Blue Bloods (Crime Drama)
  • E!: The Soup (Funniest Show on TV)
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